Your sports cup runneth over: the same day as USA-Germany and the NBA Draft, the Georgetown recruiting juggernaut is up and running again. The coaching staff is hosting 2015 guard Haanif Cheatham today.
2015 guard Haanif Cheatham of Nike Team Florida (FL) tells me he is visiting Georgetown today.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) June 26, 2014
This long lefty combination guard has a great basketball IQ. He is smooth and versatile. He attacks on the break with the advance pass or on the dribble where he can get to the rim and finish with touch and body control in traffic. Cheatham handles the ball well and is an excellent passer whether penetrating or drawing and kicking. He can make open shots with range to the arc when his feet are set as well.
Adding strength to his long frame will help immediately. He will also need to work on his ball handling when under intense pressure and take advantage in the post when he has a size advantage.
Cheatham is a combination guard that is more of a wing player now but has the IQ and tools to develop into a lead guard with great size and feel. He will need to continue to hone his skills but he has excellent upside.
In a May interview, Cheatham put it succinctly: "When I get the ball I make everything happen. Passing, scoring, rebounding, and just doing everything for my team." You can see for yourself here:
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It's unclear whether Cheatham has an offer from Georgetown yet, though he has received offers from Tennessee, Cal, UNLV, and Wichita State. Cheatham may be looking to join a 2015 Hoya recruiting class that is chock full of bigs (Marcus Derrickson, Noah Dickerson, Jessie Govan) but that still has plenty of space on the perimeter. Of course, the active Hoya staff has been pursuing a number of 2015 guards and wings, including Dwayne Bacon, Bryant Crawford, Josh Reaves, Ray Smith, Allonzo Trier, and Kenny Williams.
Cheatham's visit is the latest example of assistant coach Kevin Sutton's progress on the recruiting trail. Sutton was involved, along with assistant Kevin Broadus, in Dickerson's recruitment, and has been active both locally and in Florida, where he previously coached at Montverde.